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A story for Newcomers

by Marianne Love


f you have moved to this area recently, welcome! You have resettled in what many of us longtime locals refer to as “God’s Country.” Our Eden has been and continues to be discovered, thanks to a recent series of glowing vignettes in the national media. This favorable publicity and its certain consequences, however, create a bittersweet pill for many of us to digest. We feel validated, seeing that the outside world is finally learning what we’ve known all along. This is a truly special place, not only because of its breath-taking grandeur but also thanks to the collective beauty that continually pours forth from the souls of the diverse people who live here. Residents in this community have always displayed their passionate spirits, no matter the cause. Our population is made up of a generally folksy, caring, colorful and opinionated lot. We all feel lucky to live here—even those of us who were born here and who have gone about our busy but f u l f i l l i n g l i v e s i n t hi s s m a l l geographical setting surrounded by the Selkirks, the Cabinets and the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. We locals love this place and earnestly hope to retain its desirable qualities. Yes, we’re tolerating the population influx and we know that change is inevitable. We do, however, want to send a strong proactive message to all newcomers who have purchased their little plot of Heaven here in Sandpoint and the surrounding communities. Help us preserve the beauty of land and spirit. Remind yourself every single day when you awaken in your new existence what attracted you to this area in the first

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place. And please, do your best to contribute in a way that those qualities remain intact and sacred. Recently, I sent a couple of community-oriented questions to several longtime, and some relatively new, residents. My respondents included business owners, politicians, professionals, and retirees. I found interesting results. Most striking was the resounding chorus of nearly identical sentiments contributed by respondents who had no idea of the identity of other participants. I asked about negative trends directly related to the recent population influx. Responses cited inadequacies in the present infrastructure for dramatic growth, as well as day-to-day behaviors associated with newcomers. Concerns included traffic congestion, lack of downtown parking, and “twostory ‘shotgun’ houses being jammed in everywhere” because of no countywide building department enforcement. Respondents also lamented the over-burdened utilities, subdivision of rural property, too many mega-store/superstores negatively affecting local businesses, and a general unfamiliarity with the people you meet on the street. Some expressed genuine worry that rocketing real estate prices will lead to higher property taxes, eventually forcing some longtime residents to sell their land. Other observations included oc casio nal rudeness a imed a t overwhelmed store clerks when customers think the service is not speedy enough, a “road rage” mentality among many motorists who drive too fast for existing conditions, and, as one respondent stated, “impatience” in general, regrettably including herself among the lot. “The pace of our laid-back lifestyle seems to have picked up, or maybe it’s just mine,” concurred Lake Pend Oreille School District #84 (Continued on page 20)

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The Giving Season


sat at my table in the packed cafeteria at Clark Fork’s High School, a mite out of breath from hauling extra tables from the art room and chairs from the basement of the old school to handle the crowd that kept pouring in the door. The volleyball team’s win at district meant they were going to state, and in the week to come, the football team will be hosting a district playoff right here at home, potentially earning a berth at the state championships for this undefeated, 8-man ball team. It’s not cheap to go to state, however, especially when the championship games all seem to fall outside the getthere-and-back-in-one-day limit, and if the kids are going, someone’s going to pay for it. That’s what we were all there for at the school that night—a spaghetti/chicken rigatoni dinner as the appetizer to a main course cake auction designed to raise the dollars needed. The athletes bake the cakes

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and the community buys them. As a system, it works for us. This year was no different, and if I told you how much money we raised to support our kids out here on the east end of Bonner County, you wouldn’t hardly believe it. I’m not going to tell you though, because there’s a lot more projects going on than the state championships, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be knocking at your door with my hand out some day soon. I wouldn’t want you to suffer under the misapprehension that we raised enough money to take care of everything, all year long. (Continued on page 15)

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Boots Reynolds From the Mouth of the River

My dad was a muleskinner, so I knew words like%^&#@!!! and *&UNOGD% #$ for a long time. But it wasn’t until election year that I got to learn whole phrases like “@#$&%!! That lying, nogood +&$#@ couldn’t tell the truth if his life depended on it!” It’s a good thing elections didn’t happen every year or I would have spent my entire school years in detention. For years I thought all politicians came from another country. I knew they were certainly not from here, because all the people we knew told the truth, and if they said they were going to do something, they did it. For over 70 years (that I know of personally) politicians have told the same lies. There must be a book of lies somewhere that they all memorize. You’d think that, by now, people would have caught on. Apparently, though, it’s all in the telling. Like, “If I’m elected, I’m going to lower taxes! And what little tax money we have left, we’ll put it back into our economy!” It’s all in the wording—just whose taxes are they lowering? Whose economy are they investing in? Yours, or whoever financed their campaign? If there’s anything I learned over the years, it’s that politicians have two hands, and if they’re waving one of them at you you’d better be watching the other one—it’s probably in someone’s pocket, most likely yours! That’s politics in America, always has been, always will be. This is a capitalistic country, run by big business. The only time the little fellow counts is when they want his vote. I remember the only time our county road was graded was just before an election, followed up by the commissioner stopping by to shake Dad’s hand and ask for his vote. One year Dad got a letter from the commissioner, telling him that he would have stopped by except the bridges were washed out and, if he was elected, he would see to it they were rebuilt. X%$@#(@)! I could always tell when I was about to learn new words—the veins on Dad’s head would start to pop out and his eyes would bulge. “@!%{[} that no-good (#*%&#!” That was a good one, Dad. I can use

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that one at recess. Don’t get me wrong—I’m an American, through and through. In school, I stood by my desk and said the pledge of allegiance to the flag, followed up by an Our Father. That’s back when America was all one country and we were fighting World War II. We gave it all, one nation under God… your god, my god, “our” nation! Big business has always been most profitable during a time of war. (It’s in the history books.) But after World War II we stopped building army trucks and started building cars, stopped building army tanks and started building farm tractors. Life was good… or was it? A new car sold for about $1,800, an army truck for about $18,000. Farm tractors were about $3,500 at that time while army tanks were $350,000. So in a darkened room, in the back room of a sleazy hotel, Big Business, with its secret handshake (known only to politicians who belonged to exclusive college fraternities) met for a set-down. “Uzz guys need’t starts a-nudder worra!” the business guys said. “We can’t do that,” answered the politicians. “America wouldn’t stand for it.” “Okay den, start jus a lila war. Here, here is some financial support to help youse overcome a n y

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hardships dat may accrue from your constituents.” Korea was just a testing ground for what was to come. General MacArthur said, “I can win this war in a week’s time, just give me one A-Bomb!” President Truman took MacArthur to one side and said, “This is not that kind of war. In fact, this is to be called a “police action,” not a war.” The first Marine Division sent Truman five thousand purple hearts and MacArthur said, “This is a war!” Truman said, “% #*@! MacArthur, this is politics!” We have been at war ever since. What did America get out of the Korean conflict? Cheap t-shirts, made

in Korea. Big corporations received some lucrative contracts, however. International Harvester, which makes hay balers and gas refrigerators, received a contract to make M-1 rifles. The specs were a little vague, so they made them out of cheap pot metal (more profit that way) but they would blow up in your face. “What the $*@#! Take those out there, bury them in a rice paddy and keep your mouth shut!” Halliburton got the big contract on our latest endeavor, to restore Iraq to its old oil-flowing self. I bet their contract reads, “Billions of dollars, plus cost and overruns, please pay at the pump.” The auto industry is doing their

part by building big, gas-guzzling monster autos and advertising you’re a wimp if you don’t drive one. Gas companies feel so guilty about sticking it to you, they want you to pay at the pump so they don’t have to face you. I think those corporate executives should have to come out to the stations and start washing the windows and checking the oil, myself. Damn those (#*$&%^# politicians! At least they bladed the county road today.

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Lou Springer


Hunker Down Time


all is creeping down the mountains. Larch gold has been poured over the peaks and flows down each ridge. Huckleberry red is mirrored in lower elevation dogwood. Snow at 4,000 feet will be sending a bitterly cold morning down to the valleys; hunker down time. To truly understand and appreciate hunker down time requires heating with wood. When the woodshed is full, a family won't freeze, get frost bite or even be uncomfortable through winter. How many other things do you have complete control over than this guarantee of being warm enough? We began heating with wood in the fall of 1971 when we moved to a log cabin on Granite Creek near Libby. We had a pickup to carry wood—it had been our 4-wheel commuter vehicle through two East Glacier Montana winters—but not a clue of how and what to fill the truck with. Confidently, we bought an Ashley stove. Confidently, we drove into the mountains, found a clear cut with huge slash piles, and began using our crosscut saw to cut small-diameter logs into 8' lengths. We liked the logs with the stringy bark, because they were easy to saw. Then at home, the 8 footers were cut to stove size. That first truck load of cedar taught us a lot. A cold week convinced us to buy a chain saw and keep the small amount of cedar left for kindling. Our poor little kids had to come with us on late fall wood gathering days. We tried to call them picnics, but it is hard to eat chips and a sandwich while wearing gloves. Before the snow shut us down completely, we had a couple cords of fir and larch stacked between trees and tarp covered. By early March, wearing snowshoes, we were pulling dead aspen into the yard and sawing it up for firewood. That first winter's lesson stuck. Wood gathering is taken seriously. Our woodshed has never been empty since. Buried behind the back row are some big larch rounds cut slightly too long for stove length that have been there since 1980. There has been one major mishap with using wood for heat, but it was a problem with the chimney. Or to be exact, it was a problem with us, who believed a chimney could be cleaned by dragging a gunnysack of chains up and

down the length. Don't ever do this; use a chimney brush. The chimney fire started about 8 am; by noon the house was a smoldering pile. The Ashley, refrigerator, sewing machine, guinea pig, and stereo were saved Over the years, we refined our wood gathering. First, we only took uphill dead down trees, cut rounds and rolled 'em down to the road. Later we added trail building and wheelbarrow technology to mine a flat section of forests, and boldly sawed down mistletoe-killed larch. Working for the Forest Service, we kept track of their woodcutting projects. We knew where the Douglas fir, cut down for cones, were located. We knew that the fire crew was sent around to cut down all the larch snags on ridges because they were considered lightening rods. The giant buckskin tamaracks provided us with several years of firewood. Counting the rings in one of these grandfather trees proved it over 200 years old. There is still some of that dry old wood, split and stacked, in the back row of the woodshed. Two hundred years of stored sunshine was released that winter of ‘77/’78 when it was so cold, the squirt of milk from the cow would freeze to the side of the bucket. Two wheelbarrow loads of wood a day are needed in those cold conditions. We have not seen any other winters of prolonged minus 20 to minus 30 degree weather, but, by golly, we are prepared with well seasoned, tight grained, split tamarack that is in the back row in the woodshed. About five years ago we decided it would be nice to take a trip or two in the winter, and so got a small propane stove. We use it to take the chill off on these fine fall mornings when a wood fire would overheat the house. A propane stove doesn't invite hunkering down though. No soup simmers atop and the BTUs are wimpy. The 33-year-old Ashley still has the center of the room. The chimney is clean, the wood box emptied of a summer's accumulation of newspapers, and we are ready for a cold day. Ready to hunker down. © Oct 21,2004 Lou Springer

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Idaho Representative George Eskridge (R)

A Seat in the House


he Expanded Natural Resources Interim Committee met in Boise October 14 in continuation of an attempt to solve the water allocation problem in the Upper Snake River area. We were presented with a draft paper outlining a conceptual settlement that would make possible a net change of 600,000 to 900,000 acre-feet annually in the Snake Plain Aquifer water budget through implementation of water supply, water management, and water demand reduction measures. The proposal is premised on demonstrating real changes to the ESPA water budget and includes a monitoring program and changes to water administration to ensure the changes to the ESPA water budget occur and are not subverted by future water management decisions.

It may be necessary under the proposal to mitigate impacts on senior water right holders; the responsibility for the costs of mitigation will be the responsibility of junior water right holders. The costs for other measures in the proposal will be paid for by those receiving the benefit of those measures. Measures include the purchase of water rights by the state through the use of revenue bonds. The beneficiaries of the water would repay the bonds. Additional measures include reduction of ground water depletions through the use of existing and future conversions from ground water to surface water use, changes in water management funded by a variety of grant programs, and reductions in demand through the use of the Federal Government’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. CREP is a voluntary land retirement program used to help agriculture producers safeguard ground and surface water and other land protection measures. The Northern Basins Working Group of the Expanded Resources Committee has presented recommendations for water resources in northern Idaho. Senator Keough and I provided recommendations for the Clark Fork, Pend Oreille, Kootenai,

Former MT Congressman Pat Williams

In Montana


mericans, by the many tens of millions, gathered around a national campfire flickering in our living rooms and watched the presidential debates. Particularly here in the states of the Northern Rockies, where most of us have been denied so much as a live glimpse of either of the two candidates, we were eager to watch the debates and see John Kerry and George Bush out there alone and on their own. As a respite against the growing anger and nastiness, on all sides, the debates brought Americans together, not in agreement about the issues or the candidates, but as a community; interested, concerned and understanding the imperative of watching the candidates live and in the raw, without the protective trappings of spinners and surrogates. Since the first nationally televised presidential debate between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon 44 years

ago, we have learned that television is the nation’s keyhole. Through its surprisingly clear focus, we have occasionally separated the real McCoy from the second-rater. During that first Kennedy-Nixon debate, Americans saw the intelligent, graceful JFK against the enigmatic Nixon, wiping the perspiration from his upper lip. Twenty years later, the keyhole of television brought into focus the handsome, goodhumored Ronald Reagan against the good-natured, but out-classed, Walter Mondale. The television camera is revealing: it exposes the pretender, the insincere, while illuminating the candid and genuine. The eye of the camera is particularly menacing to those politicians, those elected officials, who have been so insulated and protected by the trappings of their office that we literally do not know them. This year’s three presidential debates were historic. Despite the critics, none of our almost half century of debates have been about high school debating skills, but rather they reflect the candidates’ ability and temperament. This year’s debates told us something about whether George W. Bush and John Kerry really know themselves. In these three debates, television’s keyhole allowed us to

Moyie and Priest River Basins. These recommendations are: Establish $102,000 in funding for database development and collection of water monitoring data for Lake Pend Oreille and the Pend Oreille and Clark Fork rivers. This includes $42,000 for water quality monitoring to establish b a s e c o n d i t i o n s p r i or t o t h e development and operation of the Rock Creek mine. Provide $50,000 one-time money to the Kootenai Resource Initiative to supplement funding for collecting and analyzing data related to reservoir operation effects on white sturgeon and to develop baseline data for water quality and quantity issues on the Moyie and Kootenai Rivers. Provide $150,000 in start-up funding for the Pend Oreille and Priest Lake Commission for an executive director, office space, and operating expenses. (The Pend Oreille and Priest Lake Commission has existed for two years with no state funding.) Provide funding for a study of Pend Oreille lake level/operation on ground water recharge to the Rathdrum aquifer. (We did not recommend a specific amount because this is a new area of interest and we need more information to determine a reasonable amount of funding for such a study.) The Interim Resources Committee will continue to meet in November and possibly in December to finalize

recommendations to present to the legislature next session. A solution to the Snake River water allocation issue is necessary to prevent serious interruption to the economic vitality of the upper Snake River area and the resultant economic impact on all of Idaho. The November 2 election is close and I continue to encourage readers to become familiar with their local candidates for public office. On the day this issue of the Journal will be available (Wednesday, October 27) there will be a candidate forum at the Sandpoint High School. There is also a forum this same evening at Naples Community Center, but not all the state legislative candidates will be there because of the conflict with the Sandpoint forum. There will be another forum in Bonners Ferry at Mugsy’s Thursday evening (October 28, at 6 pm and the state legislative candidates are expected to attend. The forums are a great opportunity for you to ask candidates about issues important to you and I encourage all who can to attend one of the forums. Thanks for reading and as always feel free to contact me anytime with your issues and concerns. My home phone is 208-265-0123 and my mailing address is P.O. Box 112, Dover, Idaho 83825.Be sure to vote on November 2nd. George

determine the difference between genuine commitment and pure stubbornness. We got a good enough look to compare openness and good humor against peevishness and anger. We could decide whether the candidates were graceful or simply haughty; a leader or a pretender. The debates tested the candidates’ grasp of the always important complexities of critical policies and measured their ability to think on their feet. Our president must be master of both. During the four-and-a-half hours of this year’s debates, we Americans gathered to get our first really good look at the candidates, alone and without the protection of note cards, teleprompters, rope lines, and hand-picked audiences. In our polarized, political society most minds were not changed by the debates. But perhaps it was more important for the still persuadable voters to decide which of the two candidates is best equipped by knowledge, wits,

intelligence and composure to lead this country through its most pervasive crises since the Great Depression and World War II. Both here at home and around the world, our country faces clear dangers and historic opportunities. The debates between John Kerry and George W. Bush are the most critical in the 44 years since Americans took our first look though that revealing television keyhole. Pat Williams served nine terms as a U.S. Representative from Montana. After his retirement, he returned to Montana and is teaching at The University of Montana where he also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Rocky Mountain West.

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Joyce Broadsword (R) Idaho Senate, District 2

This is what folks currently in office say about senate candidate Joyce Broadsword:

“Joyce is my hero. She fights diligently for the people of Idaho. I respect her opinion and feel that her honesty, integrity, and straightforward approach will be well received in the State Senate.”

C.L.”Butch” Otter, US Congress “Joyce knows the issues and will represent the people of District Two with the same energy and enthusiasm she exhibits in every endeavor she undertakes.”

State Senator Shawn Keough “Joyce is a strong candidate who works hard and understands the values and issues of North Idaho”

Senator Mike Crapo “I admire Joyce’s ability to find common sense solutions to complex problems. Her efforts on behalf of the folks involved in Natural Resource’s are commendable.”

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Marianne Love

Love Notes


irgin hair? Nope. I’ve come of age. And since I’ve come of age, my follicles have enjoyed a quasi-illicit affair with some asphyxiating goop the staff mixes up in that tiny back room at the Hair Hut here in Sandpoint. On a shelf in a closet behind the curtain, they’ve even got a 3 by 5 card filed away in their small metal box listing all my personal hair statistics, lest Joyce, my regular hairdresser, decides to take full retirement. She’s been at it for 42 years. Six times a year, whenever the staff sees me darting from my car, slinking through the IGA parking lot, dodging the spoiled squirrels and appearing in their front door, my pals, the hair primps, know it’s time to fulfill Marianne’s needs. In the space of a few short minutes, Joyce has wrapped a protective sheet over my clothing and tied a plastic bag to my head. Out comes the crochet needle. She digs through the plastic, hooks a swath of hair and pulls it through the hole. This fishing-for-hair procedure is repeated at regular stops along my scalp. Ten minutes later, I look like a wild monster who’s been plugged in to a high-powered socket. I only wish they’d pull the curtains so that God and all the IGA patrons don’t have to watch it all. The huge panel of picture windows at the Hair Hut offers a great opportunity for anybody to walk by and surely get a jolt from the scary scene inside. Traffic, however, is usually limited to the resident squirrels, who don’t really care what you look like as long as they get their daily peanut handouts. Once Joyce gets me looking really weird, she goes to that back room, mixes up the magic potion and applies it to the exposed swaths. As she rubs it down around my scalp, I work really

hard in my chair to avoid asphyxiation. Generally, this segment of the process brings all story-telling, gossiping, or complaining about what’s going on in Sandpoint to a lull because I have difficulty telling stories and breathing those overpowering fumes at the same time. She brings me a cup of fresh coffee, and as I twirl around in the chair, looking to see who all else has shown up for their early-morning appointments with Marge or Karen, Joyce finishes reading the official records and Letters to the Editor. Once the goop has had time to highlight my top mop with a little fake color, Joyce removes the plastic scarf. Soon, I’m lying almost flat on my back, with eyes squeezed shut, as Joyce’s deft, experienced fingers run through my hair and gently massage my skull with shampoo. Next—the comb and sharp scissors. “You’ve been cutting your own hair again, haven’t you,” she comments while trying to even up the botch job I’ve done during desperate moments of cutting those bangs and whacking off the fast-growing side hairs. With hair repair job complete, a blow dry transforms the once hideous sight into a presentable state. I marvel at how good it looks, give Joyce a hug and a check, and head on my way with a renewed air of confidence and happy eagerness to run into friends while the hairdo still looks nice. A simple, straightforward comment from a youthful sister initiated these regular Hair Hut sessions, which are sure to continue as I trudge along my journey toward “modern maturity.” “Marianne, it’s time,” my younger sister, Laurie, announced when asked if she thought I ought to do something about my mop of gray hair. She’s the same sister who had delighted in listening to an older gentleman ( who was certainly suffering from glaucoma, macular degeneration and all other forms of vision impairment) ask me at a Regional Arabian Show if that was my granddaughter out there riding my horse in the warm-up ring. Laurie watched my indignant reaction as I glared at him and instantly barked back, “Not hardly. That’s my sister, Barbara.”

The man showed no remorse for his obvious mistake. I did not like this man. Laurie’s gleeful reaction, however, was decidedly noticeable—so much so that she was due for harassment from me later. When Barbara heard about the comment, she was equally amused. Both uncharitable sisters tucked it away as a legendary moment to be repeated, several times over, at apt times in the future. True, these were sisters who had come along more than a dozen years behind me. I had taught each of them for three years in English and yearbook classes while they attended high school. But there wasn’t THAT much difference in our ages. I really didn’t think I looked THAT old. But Laurie’s firm suggestion of “It’s time,” created a new sense of urgency. I couldn’t move quite fast enough to do something about my deteriorating youth. Within minutes I stood inside the Hair Hut Beauty Salon tucked in the southeast corner of the IGA parking lot. Virtually all activity stopped as I flung open the door, abruptly interrupting both small talk and cut and curl at two hair-dressing stations on the far side of the room. Four sets of eyes shot my direction as I stole the air space and wasted no time asking for professional comment. “Should I dye my hair? My sister says it’s time!” I asked. “I think your hair is really pretty,” a customer with thick glasses and a headful of pink curlers commented. My self esteem enjoyed a shortlived perk. “ W e l l , w e c o u l d d o s o me highlights,” a young hairdresser suggested. “We wouldn’t want to do anything really drastic.” The staff arranged an appointment for a few days later and put me on a “plan,” recording my follicle formula into their

files. After that first appointment, I felt like a new woman while walking out of the Hair Hut, knowing that the hairdresser had, in 90 minutes, erased 10 years from my appearance. I looked forward to going to school to greet my teenage students that fall with a new spring to my step and a confidence that this year I’d no longer have to face the death-warmed-over blah appearance of a summer suntan fading, leaving my bland, white skin to blend into my nearly white hair. No longer would anyone have the nerve to ask if I was my sisters’ grandmother. Dreading the image of “old and haggard,” I’ve returned to the Hair Hut chair several times since that summer day when my “virgin” hair lost its innocence. To read more of Marianne’s take on the world we live in, visit her website at www. Look for The Scenic Route in our next issue

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ove that mouse. Okay, I realize this is often easier said than done. If you struggle with the mouse, using it to move the keyboard cursor or using it to highlight text can be a real challenge. There are times when you would love to forget the mouse altogether. So, let’s do that. Last article, I talked about using the arrow keys to navigate your text instead. The problem with this solution is that arrow keys only move the cursor one character at a time, left or right, or one line at a time, up or down. If you are dealing with a small amount of text, this works great. However, with large amounts of text, this technique may drive you up a wall. There are other keys available to

you which will allow you to “motor” through your text much faster. If you look at a standard keyboard, it is arranged in three sets of keys. Between the “typewriter keys” on the left and the “10-key pad” on the right is a middle set of keys arranged in two groups. The top group of six keys “sits” above the bottom group of four arrow keys. You can use Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down in the top group of keys to jump sections of text. These keys can also be used in combination with the Control key (Ctrl) to make even gre ater keyboa rd curs or movements. Adding the Control key to the arrow keys will also speed things up. Whenever you add more than one key in combination with another, be sure that you depress and hold the first mentioned key or keys, then merely strike the last key. Then, and only then, do you release the first key(s) you were holding. For example, depress the Control key with your left hand…keep holding it down, as you strike the left arrow key with your right hand. This will move the keyboard cursor one word to the

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Susan Daffron

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hen you have pets, the word “why” goes through your mind a lot. As in: “Why does my dog do [fill in the blank with something really disgusting]?” Today’s question for me is why does my dog Leia take every opportunity to lick any human who gets near her? What is she thinking? Is she tasting me? Kissing me? What is it? In every other way, Leia is a model canine citizen, but any time she can get away with it, she goes for a little slurp when people pet her. She knows we don’t like it, so most of the time she limits her slurps to guests who aren’t ready to dodge her snakelike tongue. Some dogs don’t stop at licking hands. They will liberally bathe feet, faces, or legs. The theory is that to a dog, licking is a submissive thing. When the dog licks you, he is saying something along the lines of “You’re the leader of my pack.” Some dogs also lick as a substitute for mouthing. If a puppy has been trained not to bite or use his teeth on people, he may try licking instead. We have more than one dog, and I’ve noticed that the dogs sometimes lick each other, not just the humans in the house. Sometimes one dog licks the lips of another. Apparently, this licking signals deference to the other dog. In essence, the licking dog is saying, “I think you’re great, and I know you’re higher than I am in the pack hierarchy.” Interestingly, not just submissive dogs lick. For some dogs, licking

becomes an attention-getting thing, which is a hallmark of dominant dog behavior. The dog basically knows he can get away with licking and doing it will get a rise out of you. In this situation, the best thing is to teach your dog to “sit” and then make him go sit any time he does something dominant. Pushy dogs test their humans constantly, so it’s best to let the dog know who really is leader of the pack. (It is supposed to be you, by the way.) In general, licking is a natural thing for a dog to do. A mother dog will lick her puppies to help the pups breathe and to stimulate their digestion. Licking bonds the puppies to Mom and apparently helps their mental development as well. Dogs also lick to groom themselves. After your dog has a bath or goes out in the rain, you’ll probably find him busily slurping away trying to clean himself up. Unfortunately, with a dog, too much licking can turn into basically the same thing as obsessivecompulsive disorder in humans. A stressed dog may lick himself so much that he causes a sore. The sore is irritating, so the dog keeps licking it and a destructive cycle begins that is extremely difficult to break. In some cases, veterinarians will recommend a combination of behavior modification techniques and medication to help relieve the stress, so the sore can heal. If you don’t like your dog licking you, don’t reward the behavior. A dog will continue to do things that seem to make their humans happy. If you smile and laugh while telling the dog, “no lick,” the dog is going to keep doing it. Dogs are remarkably sensitive and pay attention to your body language and tone of voice as much, if not more, than to what you actually say. Susan Daffron owns Logical Expressions Inc., an editorial and publishing company. She is a former veterinary assistant and owns four dogs and two cats. Articles are archived at

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The Idaho Board of Education this week ignored a request by the Hope/ Clark Fork Coalition for Quality Education and the Lake Pend Oreille School District to reconsider the board’s spring decision disallowing the community the ability to vote on whether schools in the district should deconsolidate. Coalition members state that, as their concerns regarding the quality of education provided to the students of Hope and Clark Fork remain, they will continue in their efforts for positive change. The group will meet soon to discuss avenues open to them for improvement. A large doll house is being raffled by Friends of the Library in Sandpoint. Ticket sales will take place until 2 pm on December 18, when the winning ticket will be drawn. Through that time, the dollhouse is on display on a table, just inside the main entrance to the library, located at 1607 Cedar Street in Sandpoint. Tickets are $2 each and are being sold at the libraries in Clark Fork and Sandpoint, as well as Monarch Mountain Coffee next to the Sandpoint Post Office on 4th Avenue, and at Pend d’Oreille Winery, located at 222 Cedar St. The dollhouse, handbuilt by Friends of the Library member Helen Campbell, was appraised for insurance purposes, with furnishings, at $1,200. “I have enjoyed the house for over 20 years and now want to share it,” Helen explained of her donation. “Since the library has a special place in my heart, I have chosen to offer the dollhouse (to them) as a fundraiser.” Northside Elementary student Katie Chambers, in the sixth grade, recently had a short, friendship story published in the popular magazine “Highlights for Children.” The magazine publishes 2 million copies, which go to subscribers, schools, libraries and professional offices. Katie’s contribution tells about meeting a friend at ski camp. Katie, daughter of Chris and Kathy Chambers, enjoys playing the guitar, painting with watercolors and riding roller coasters. USA Today's Web Guide recently featured Logical Tips, a newsletter by Sandpoint writer (and River Journal contributor) Susan Daffron, as one of its "Hot Sites." Logical Tips earned praise from USA Today for offering "truly useful... tips, for software people actually own and use in non-bleedingedge environments." The Logical Tips email newsletter is written by Susan, the President of Logical Expressions, Inc., a Sandpointbased company that helps small businesses create, manage and distribute their most important commodity—information. "When I write Logical Tips, I have a certain type of person in mind," says Susan. "My readers aren't 'dummies' and they don't need a 'dummies guide' with dopey pictures and corny jokes. What they DO need is someone who can explain software that's always changing. My readers are intelligent, but they're busy. They don't have time for geek-speak, so I give them quick tips they can actually understand and use right away." To subscribe to the Logical Tips

email newsletter, visit To find out more about Susan Daffron and her company, go to On November 4, the Sandpoint Friends of the Library will feature a noon presentation with Doug Toland, who will talk about crystal formation in nature. Visitors are invited to bring their own favorite crystals for Doug to view. Doug has given numerous talks locally, including several in the schools, and has contributed to the professional journal, The Mineralogical Record. He owns his own business, Green Monster Mineral. The Friends of the Thompson Falls Library will hold a book sale at t h e library on Friday, November 5 from 11am to 5pm, and Saturday, November 6, from 11 am until 2 pm. A Kids’ Halloween Parade will take place in downtown Sandpoint on Saturday, October 30. It begins at 2 pm in the Power House parking lot (located just behind the county courthouse) and will wend its way downtown, gathering treats along the way. The parade ends at Fritz’s Fry Pan, located at the corner of First and Cedar, where complimentary hot cider and Halloween cookies will be served. For more information, call the Downtown Sandpoint Business Association at 208-255-1876. Idaho State Police are designating the section of Hwy. 95 from the Long Bridge south to Garwood, along with Hwy. 90 along the Fourth of July Pass, as “No Tolerance Zones.” Due to the high percentage of vehicle accidents on these two stretches of roads, ISP will be using a variety of enforcement measures to improve compliance and encourage safety. "We will be employing emphasis patrols with aggressive enforcement efforts over the next eight months," said Capt. Wayne Longer, District 1 Area Commander. "If motorists choose to violate traffic safety laws in either of the 'No Tolerance Zones' or on any other state highway, they should expect a citation or arrest, depending on the severity of the offense.” On Friday, October 29, Sandpoint’s Gardenia Center will be the recipient of a benefit "All You Can Eat" Spaghetti Feed at the VFW Hall in Sandpoint, located at the corner of Pine and Division, from 6 to 8 pm. Free entertainment and hors d’oeuvres from 5 to 6 pm. $6 per person or $10 per couple. For information, call 208-2652731. A “Walk For Kerry” across the Long Bridge is planned for 2 pm on Saturday, October 30. Groups from the Sagle/Sandpoint areas are asked to meet at their respective sides of the bridge and the entire group will “meet in the middle.” For more information, call Democratic Party Headquarters at 208-255-4160 or stop by at the corner of Fifth and Oak in Sandpoint. Volunteers are also still needed there to help man the tables and answer phones. A “Victory Party” is planned for election night, Tuesday at 8 pm at the City Forum in Sandpoint, on Third St. Watch the election results on a big screen TV. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided.


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It’s a BIG fund drive for the Panida’s ‘Little Theater’ Panida supporters in midst of fundraising campaign for new building It’s Year Two in the Panida Theater’s fund drive to acquire the next-door b u i l d i n g which once housed a tavern—and this year, the Panida staff and directors have expanded the fundraising effort. They’ve launched the “Little Theater BIG Fund Drive,” and they have a concrete goal and deadline: $50,000 by November. It’s a goal they hope to bust wide open, with all extra monies raised going to renovation work on the new building. The fund drive has started strong. With a little more than $15,000 in the building’s dedicated fund from activities during the year, plus $22,520 already donated in the current drive, the fund as the River Journal went to press stood at $37,570. It’s a terrific start – but there’s still that $12,430 to go to reach the goal, noted Panida Executive Director Karen Bowers. The $50,000 goal is not one plucked from thin air. Under the terms by which the building was purchased last year, that’s the amount of the balloon payment that comes due in November. It’s the first of five annual balloon payments that will pay off the total $272,500 purchase price. That purchase one year ago was carried out with an original fundraising

effort last year, in which donors were asked to pledge an annual contribution each year for five years. The bulk of the money collected to date has been from those annual pledges. “We’re really hoping some of the many folks who love the Panida but perhaps didn’t get asked last year will help this year,” said Bowers. To contribute, call the Panida at 208255-7801 or stop by the theater on First Avenue. Or, mail in a donation to: Panida Theater, PO Box 1981, Sandpoint, ID 83864. Or visit The acquisition of the building was kicked off in the summer of 1993, when the Panida board of directors learned it was coming up for sale. Directors recognized it as a one-time-only opportunity to enhance the Panida, and launched the first fundraising drive. The building, which at that time housed the Avalanche Bar, will eventually provide an expanded lobby area for the Panida when a hall is created between the two spaces. The vision further out is to build an addition to the back of the building which will provide critical backstage support for the main Panida stage itself. Nearer term—within just the next year—directors hope another novel use for the new building will begin, when a new, small performance space is created. Ideal for smaller shows that might accommodate audiences of 50 to 100 people, this coming new performance space is why Panida directors have taken to calling the

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Theater’s new performance space. But the success of the fundraising effort will be critical to realize that big next step. Said Bowers: “There’s never been a better time to contribute to this fund, and we hope everyone who loves attending shows at the Panida can donate.”


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Trish Gannon

Politically Incorrect


eina wants to know why a noun requires an article. That’s not how she asks the question, of course. She asks Dustin why she has to say ‘Reina is “a” girl’ and not just ‘Reina is girl.’ Reina, I should explain, grew up in Japan and didn’t speak English until she was 14 or so. That was just a couple of years ago, and she now speaks English better than most Americans I know, but there’s that tricky little nouns-take-anarticle issue at hand and she wants an answer. She’s in Tokyo, talking to Dustin over the computer. Dustin’s a smart young man. He doesn’t know why a noun has to have an article but he has learned the most important thing a student can learn— how to find out the answer to a question. He shouts across the hallway to where I’m typing away at my own computer screen. Dustin figures that, given how much I moan and groan about the sad state of American grammar today, I’ll know why a noun has to have an article. And I do know why. “Tell her a noun has to have an article because THAT’S THE RULES,” I tell my son. Reina wants to understand this, however; after a year in America she

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was so good with the language she even thought in English. But she recognizes that a big part of mastering a language is knowing the rules that govern it. Her question is serious, and so my answer must be, too. Hmmm. “Okay,” I type in an instant message to my son so I don’t have to shout across the hallway. “Tell her this: We use an article because it lets you know a noun is coming.” Dustin passes on my message and sends me one back. “She wants to know if it always goes before the noun.” Hmmm. “Well,” I type again, “not always, Reina. Sometimes we choose to modify the noun, and if we do that, then we have to place the article in front of the modifier. I mean, we say ‘a horse’, but we also say ‘a brown horse’ and we can also say ‘a whomper-jawed, cantankerous, stubborn brown horse’ and you have to use the article before ALL the words you’re using to describe the noun.” I was sweating. I remember my English teachers explaining what to do, but I don’t remember them ever explaining why. “She wants to know why sometimes we use ’a’ and sometimes use ’the,’” Dustin types back. More sweat. “Uh…. ’the’ indicates something specific. It’s not just any horse, it’s ’the’ horse, a specific horse that’s the subject of whatever you’re talking about. Unless, of course, you’re writing about ’the horse’ and using the words as representative of the entire gosh darn species of animal; as in, “Americans have enjoyed a close relationship with ’the horse’ since the 1700s. But that’s just because even though it’s a group, it’s a specific group. “Of course, sometimes you use ’a horse’ and not ‘the horse’ even if you’re talking about a specific horse, like when you say “A horse just walked up on my porch,” or some such thing. See, the person you’re talking to has to be able to identify the specific thing you’re talking about. If I told you ‘the’ horse just

walked on my porch, I would be assuming that you know what horse I’m talking about.” I’m sure there’s a better way to explain these things, but Reina’s a smart girl—she gets it. “Why aren’t all animal babies called cubs?” she asks. English is a frustrating language to explain because there’s so many exceptions to the rules, but I have to admit—I love this kind of conversation. Dick Wentz, and I once spent several days debating the proper use of a dash versus a semi-colon. While proofreading the summer issue of Sandpoint Magazine, the Keokee crew and I discussed the proper plural for bear. Carol Ballard is always up for giving pointers on proper subject/verb agreement and Susie Daffron can become as passionate as I when talking about prepositions and conjunctions and the way many Americans don’t seem to understand the differences between who, which and that. Lest you think this is the worthless pastime of a bunch of folks who were English nerds at high school, let me point out that proper English usage is the base on which the fate of the world will rest. And no, I’m not talking about George Bush’s uncomfortable relationship with the English language, I’m referring to the ultimate “Why?” behind Reina’s questions. The rules governing English usage— found in dictionaries, style books, grammar manuals and the like—came about not because they are absolute truths, but because they allow people to communicate accurately. If two people having a conversation understand the rules governing the words they’re using, then they can each understand what the other is trying to say. It’s as simple as that. Understanding, of course, is the first step in creating a world where we can all live peacefully together; a principle that’s been amply demonstrated—albeit in absentia— throughout this election season. It wouldn’t be true to say this is the most divisive presidential election ever—just a little bit of time spent delving into the history of this fine nation points out that elections today are mild compared to what they were in the first two centuries of our existence— but people do seem to have forgotten the value in disagreement itself. That’s too bad because, as my good friend, and hero, Blaine Stevens told me many years ago, “I’ve never learned anything from someone who believes everything I believe.” I don’t quite understand how Americans learned to be so disrespectful of disagreement, because we’re not just a nation conceived in liberty, but one conceived in debate. Patrick Henry,

whose Stamp Act Resolutions have sometimes been called “The first shot in the Revolutionary War,” was an ardent proponent of both debate and disagreement, and his skills in these areas were instrumental in the founding of this nation. He once argued, “But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.” After successfully helping lead his country into revolution, Henry became an ardent critic of the new Constitution, and was instrumental in the development of the Bill of Rights (That Constitution, by the way, has likely lasted so long because it was debated for two full years before ratification by the states.) With such a foundation, today’s opposition to debate and disagreement not only appears ludicrous, but may be the very thing that negates everything positive that came out of those Constitutional debates. I believe it is time that we all learn what the founders of our country understood without question—that freedom and liberty can only be achieved through the ability of the people to debate, and disagree with, what their government is doing. Today, the American Conservative reports that “People all over the world, who used to consider the United States a reliable and necessary bulwark of world stability, now see us as a menace to their own peace and security.” That’s a sobering thought, especially in a world where the United States argues the right of a nation to preemptively attack a country which might be a threat. You don’t have to agree that we are a menace to the world to understand that it is imperative for the American populace to debate and discuss why the world feels this way, and what we should do about it. “This is no time for ceremony, Henry argued. ”...For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate.” Until, and even after, we cast our ballots on November 2, let us all endeavor to vigorously and freely debate the issues that impact our ability to sustain this world we live in, while maintaining our respect and caring for those with whom we share this world, even if we disagree with what they say. And if you don’t mind… give a thought to us “English nerds” and let’s do it using good grammar.

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JJ Scott, ID Fish & Game Warden

The Warden’s Words


e are now well into our elk season and only those hunting with snorkels and fins seem to be finding them. Isn’t this rain something? I had such high hopes for a great season this year—elk numbers are good, good temperatures and the woods were quiet. What more could a hunter want? Apparently some sort of raft or boat would have been nice. Anyway, there were hunters out and about and some even harvested an elk. I have to admit, though, that I am perplexed. The number of camps in Units 4 and 4A were nowhere near the numbers of the past and that includes the recent past. The number of hunters seemed, to me, to also be very low. This is a trend that almost has become a downward spiral in all the Western states. New hunters being recruited into the sport do not equal or surpass the number of hunters we are losing. Unfortunately, this trend will continue into the foreseeable future as our generation ages. There is a definite need for those of our generation to pass on the skills and knowledge they have learned. My guess is that skill and knowledge may not be enough— we must try to pass on our love and passion for the outdoors and all things wild. There is a generation of hunters waiting in the wings to take our place, but only if we build the bridge. If any

readers have an idea as to how best to build that bridge, please let me know or begin building. That was kind of heavy stuff for which I will blame the weather for muddling my brain waves. Back to the elk season. So far the numbers through the check stations have been down for both hunters and elk. Observations by the officers indicated less harvest than anticipated. At first I thought everybody was holding off until the start of cow season, but there was no big influx of hunters for that weekend. Yet animals are being taken, as all the meat-cutting facilities are full. Hey, as long as I mentioned meat cutters, I believe I will talk about one of their pet peeves. It is both sad and disgusting to see how some people, I hesitate to call them hunters, have such a lack of respect for the critters they hunt. They think they have accomplished the hard part by shooting the critter and now it is up to someone else to take care of the meat and make it edible for their table. These people seem to have no qualms about dragging the animal, hide off, along the ground and adding 20 pounds of dirt and debris. Then they throw the parts into the bed of the pickup, along with the chainsaw, gas and oil. After driving around for two days showing everyone what an idiot they are, they then stop in at the meat cutters and expect them to perform a miracle. I know each situation is different, but people, have some pride in what you do. Take care of your critter after it is down—clean it before taking it to the cutters and you will enjoy good eating all winter. I tell the meat cutting facilities to not accept the dirty meat—turn them away. Hopefully they will. Safety and Hunter Orange should

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n veterans’ news this month, the Sandpoint VFW Hall (corner of Pine and Division) will be holding their annual free Veterans Day feed at 1 pm on Sunday, 14 November. The (roast beef) event is free for all veterans as well as for families of our local troops now serving in Iraq. Bring a side dish if you like. “Going Upriver,” an award- winning film about John Kerry’s tour of duty in Vietnam and his transformation into a founder of Vietnam Veterans Against War, will be shown at Democratic Party Headquarters at 5th and Oak in Sandpoint on Thursday, October 28 at noon, 4 and 6 pm on a big screen TV. The film is free to the public and is cosponsored by Veterans For Kerry. If you can’t make a showing that day, simply ask a Veteran for Kerry volunteer to have it shown at your convenience. For more information, call 208-255-4160. The local Disabled American Veterans Chapter, in conjunction with Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 890, has been sending subscriptions to local newspapers (including The River Journal) to our troops now serving in Iraq. If you’d like to help them in this project, please mail your contributions to either the Bonner County Daily Bee or TRJ and make a note that it’s for our Iraqi troops. (Thanks to both papers for giving them to us for half price.) The DAV and VVA Chapters will again be co-sponsoring this year (with the local Friends Church) a visit to Community Hall (on First Avenue in Sandpoint) by former Vietnam soldier and now Quaker relief worker Mike Boehm, who will be showing slides of his last year’s work around the My Lai area of the former South Vietnam. The showing is free to the public and will be held from 5 to 7 pm on Thursday, December 2. Call Jody at 208-265-9881 for more information or stop by the Friends Meeting Hall in Sandpoint on Alder Street.

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The Mysis Myth by Hobart Jenkins, PhD between the mysis and kokanee resulted in kokanee starvation during times when the zoo plankton were at low levels. A research project was designed by Dr. Dave Bennett. A graduate student, Lance Clarke, was assigned the research as a thesis for earning a Master’s degree in Fisheries Science. The reason for handling the research as an educational project was to ensure absolute objectivity and peer review by other scientists Peer review assures the research was conducted in an appropriate manner, that results due to chance were reduced as close to zero as possible, and that conclusions claimed were authenticated by the data. Clarke and Dr. Bennett designed a research plan that would use net pens where levels of kokanee, and the zoo plankton on which the kokanee feed, could be controlled and measured. Stomach contents of kokanee and mysis would be analyzed in the laboratory to determine which species of zoo plankton were being eaten by the kokanee and the mysis. The project was designed to test the interactions in the spring, when kokanee fry were emerging from lake bed gravels, and in the fall, when the cold water slowed the reproduction of all species of zoo plankton to low levels. That would allow Clarke to measure growth rates of the kokanee at different levels of zoo plankton concentrations in two different seasons. Fifteen pens were used. Four had ambient levels of mysis, zoo plankton and kokanee (ambient means these pens had the same concentrations of each species as the lake had). Three had very low levels of zoo plankton and ambient levels of kokanee. Four pens had high levels of zoo plankton and ambient levels of kokanee. Four pens had low levels of zoo plankton and


ow can myths be debunked, rumors squashed or false c o n c l u s i o n s reversed? Probably the best means is to continue to talk or write, setting the record straight. Too many people still believe the mysis shrimp in Lake Pend Oreille are the cause of the decline of the kokanee. It was easy to say the fishing was good before the shrimp were put in the lake, and now the fishing is bad. But that is not a true cause-and-effect relationship. Scientists call that a “false conclusion.” Unfortunately, false conclusions create rumors that become believable myths that just won’t go away. In 1996, when the Kokanee Recovery Task Force was working with the Northwest Power Council, the mysis myth was cited by the power interests as the cause of the kokanee decline and therefore raising winter water levels would never do any good. Fortunately the KRTF was able to convince the eight members of the NWPC that only a true research project could prove or disprove the mysis shrimp myth. The NWPC asked the Bonneville Power Administration to fund a series of research projects to investigate the life cycles of the kokanee. They specifically asked the University of Idaho’s Department of Fisheries to devise a research program that would determine what impact the mysis had on newly emerged kokanee fry and whether food competition


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ambient levels of kokanee. The very low level pens were no feed pens.

T h e test lasted about five weeks. That time frame is about the same as the time frame for newly emerged kokanee fry until the summer zoo plankton bloom. Examination of the stomachs of kokanee and mysis were performed to determine the preferred species of zoo plankton. The results were surprising. There was no kokanee mortality, even in the pens where the kokanee had nothing to eat. Growth rates in kokanee were only slightly different among the other three sets of pens. This suggests the age 0 kokanee fry can survive easily over the few weeks between emergence from shoreline gravels and the time of the zoo plankton bloom. The most numerous species of zoo plankton was the Cyclops. This animal is quite small (3 mm) with a tail that gives it good mobility. The most utilized zoo plankton was the Daphnia and the Bosmina. The Daphnia reproduces best when the water warms. Both the kokanee and mysis feed heavily on this species. The October test, using similar pens and conditions as the spring test, revealed similar observations. The difference observed were the species of zoo plankton utilized by the kokanee and the mysis. The mysis preyed mostly on the Bosmina because they are very slow to move, while the kokanee

preferred the slightly larger, and much quicker, Cyclops. Both the spring and fall tests demonstrated there was no statistically significant difference in growth rates of kokanee confined to the ambient levels of plankton and the pens that had high levels of plankton. This observation suggests that food availability did not limit the growth of wild kokanee in either June or October. As the water cools in the fall and remains colder until spring, the age 0 kokanee fry need less food to maintain life because their digestive tracts slow down significantly. The mysis also have lower food requirements in cold water. Since mysis and kokanee prefer different species of zoo plankton, (kokanee eat Cyclops, mysis eat Bosmina) there is little competition for food during the five month cold water period. These experiments also reveal that in the warmer water periods there is a surplus of food. This is evidenced by the fact there was no difference in the growth of kokanee between the food rich net pens and the ambient level food net pens. These findings have been duplicated again in a study done by Clarke and Bennett which was published by the American Fisheries Society Journal in the spring of 2004. This article concluded, “Based on midwinter kokanee consumption demands in relation to food availability, and the opinions of other researchers, we believe it is unlikely that winter starvation mortality occurred in the age 0 kokanee cohort in Lake Pend Oreille.” These two research studies, verified by peer review and published in a timehonored scientific journal, should put to rest any more talk about the mysis being the cause of the kokanee decline.

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Local Elections 2004


ith only a few days left to go, candidates are making last-minute efforts to reach voters with their message. If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit with the candidates, endeavor to do so—the names marked on ballots this November will have an impact on our communities for years to come. This election season The River Journal sent out candidate questionnaires to folks running for office in Sanders County, Mont., and Bonner County, Ida. Over 24 candidates are running in contested elections. Not all of those chose to respond to the questionnaire. This issue features candidates in local races. Our information on candidates in the state races ran in our last issue. The questionnaire asked candidates to answer the following questions: the qualifications the candidate has for holding the office; personal strengths they will bring to the position; ways they differ from their opponent; and to name two issues they feel will be of importance to whomever holds the position they’re running for. Their answers follow. -Trish Gannon

Sanders County, Montana

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My name is Nancy Beech, and I am running for Sanders County Commissioner, District 2, as a Democrat. I have extensive experience in many areas of local, county, regional and statewide government. Locally I have been elected several times to boththe Paradise and Plains school boards. My countywide experience includes: Sanders County Refuse Board, Chairman; Sanders County Park Board; Sanders County Planning Boards; Sanders County Economic Development Corporation, Chairman; 4-H Leader; Grange Member. In the region, my experience includes: Northwest Resource Conservation and Development Board Member and Carbon Offset Coalition, Regional and Multi State Organizations funded through DNRC. Statewide I have been a Member and President of the Montana Nursery and Landscape Association, along with participating with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency to resolve problems within Sanders and neighboring counties. I am energetic, and have demonstrated active participation in county government. My knowledge of the issues will be an asset, along with my ability to provide experienced, decisive leadership. I am accessible to the people I represent. I have a long term perspective of the future with respect to the present responsibilities of the commissioners. I believe it is important for commissioners to plan for and identify future county needs. I think it is important we have a strong sense of stability to maintain a well-functioning county government. Justin Gail Patton, (R) County Commissioner, District 2 I am on the ballot as Justin Gail Patton, but I’m called Gail by everyone. I am seeking re-election as a Sanders County Commissioner for a six year

"Thinking isn't agreeing or disagreeing. That's voting." -Robert Frost term on the Republican ticket. I have six years of county commissioner experience. The county commissioner's job is a steep learning curve and takes a couple of years to learn about the many rules, laws and regulations we must follow. I have a Master's Degree in Agriculture Economics, served in the US Army; plus I have experience dealing with taxes, budgets, personnel, county roads, garbage boards, senior citizens’ issues, and economic development. I've served on many local area and state boards. I get along well with people and with the other commissioners. I am well-informed and educated, and have wide experience dealing with the public, employees and crews. I have good health and energy, am calm and willing to listen before making decisions. I have gained six years of road building and maintenance experience. Each of the three commissioners is responsible for a road district and crew. My home is close to the Hot Springs county road shop and a majority of the district roads. My opponent lives at the edge of the road district. Much of my commissioner district lies within the Flathead Indian Reservation and I am attuned to the dual jurisdictional problems of Tribal and county government. The rapid increase in population and land development adds new demands and puts a strain on Sanders County government resources. The level of Sanders County's personal income is low and we need more highpaying jobs by developing our human and many natural resources. In other Sanders County ballot issues, voters will choose a County Clerk of the District Court, with Dianne F. Rummel (R), the only candidate. Joseph Brown (R), is running unopposed for County Coroner. Voters will answer the questions put in three constitutional amendments, one constitutional initiative, and three further initiatives. (See story on front page). They will vote on an increase in the Public Safety

Levy to employ and equip two additional drug task force deputies, will vote on an increase in the road maintenance levy of ten mills, and will vote a 2.5 mill levy to fund a noxious weed management program. Voters are also asked to support a bond election for the Elementary School District #2 in Thompson Falls in the amount of $440,000, to be used to repair and replace the roof on the elementary school. A bond election for High School District #2 in Thompson Falls, in the amount of $1.15 million, is also on the ballot. The high school bond will pay “the costs of designing, constructing, furnishing and equipping an addition and improvements to the existing high school facility, including a vocational education building, remodeling the shop area into a wrestling practice room, and paying costs associated with the bonds.”

Bonner County, Idaho

Dale Van Stone, (D) County Commissioner, District 3 My name is Dale Van Stone and I am running for the position of Bonner County Commissioner for District 3. I have served six years as a county commissioner, from 1995 to 2001. I have been a member of Planning and Zoning for 14 years, a Bonner Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor for 18 years, a member of the board of the Panhandle Health District for seven years and have served on the board of the Co-Op Gas and Supply for 28 years, 20 of them as Secretary/Treasurer. I have a life-long commitment to public service and, except for four years serving in the US Air Force, have spent my entire life living and working in Bonner County. As a former commissioner and through serving on numerous boards and organizations, I have an insight into Bonner County and the needs and concerns of our residents. Issues from planning and zoning to roads and health care are major concerns, and I feel I have always tried to listen, and to be a conscientious and courteous public servant. I do not know a lot about my opponent as he hasn’t lived here very (Continued on next page)

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Van Stone- (Continued from previous page) long, so it is difficult to note differences between us. I can only state my years of dedication and public service to Bonner County and its residents should speak for itself. There are many issues facing our county besides the obvious ones of roads and traffic. I feel growth and increasing property taxes should be at the top of the list. The next, and most important, is being fiscally responsible. No one wants to pay taxes; therefore, the money taken in needs to be used as conservatively as possible. Karl Dye (R) County Commissioner, District 3 My name is Karl Dye, and I am running as a Republican for the position of Bonner County Commissioner representing District 3. In my marketing career with Litehouse and Caterpillar Incorporated, I have traveled the world asking customers what they liked and didn’t like in existing company products and what they would like to see in our next generation of the product. These customers represented a broad range of experience levels, education, backgrounds and product knowledge and my job was to collect all of their product input, create a comprehensive plan and presentation to communicate it to the people in the organization responsible for producing it, and following through on the implementation. I feel that my job, if elected county commissioner, is very similar in that our commissioners need to understand varying information from our diverse county population, develop a good plan that will meet the needs of a majority of that population, implement it in the form of ordinance changes or the lobbying of our state or federal legislative bodies and following it up with good analysis after the implementation. My personal strengths include leadership, integrity and the ability to make informed decisions. In order to become Bonner County Commissioner, I am willing to give up my sales and marketing management job with Litehouse Incorporated and

take a substantial pay cut. I feel that the best public servants are ones who are willing to make sacrifices in order to serve the citizens of Bonner County. my opponents would benefit financially and otherwise if elected commissioner. As Bonner County has grown in population, we have lost good-paying jobs, primarily in the timber industry. Today, with our residents representing a broad range of backgrounds and coming from many diverse areas, we all share a common question: How can we create good job opportunities for our children and grandchildren that will allow them to live in Bonner County and enjoy the same standard of living as our generation? The answer comes from helping Bonner County-based companies grow and attracting firms that are willing to relocate to give their employees a better way of life in being located in Bonner County. As Bonner County commissioner, I would like to work to attract these companies with good-paying jobs to our county. We need to work to amend Idaho state laws that limit tax incentives that counties can provide to prospective employers and help our local economic development groups. When most Bonner County residents think about the commissioners and their responsibilities, the first thing that comes to mind is the county road network. We are currently working from an Engineer's Plan that details a prioritized list of our county roads that need to paved, graded or maintained. Based on current budget levels and tax revenues, it will take over 50 years to complete this plan. If elected County Commissioner, I would like to combine the efforts, resources and dollars of our federal, state and county government with that of our local citizens to accelerate the existing plan without raising the taxation rate of the general public. A full-time grant-writer would provide the state and federal funds to do so. Kirk DeHaan (Ind) County Commissioner, District 3 My name is Kirk DeHaan, Independent, running for County Commissioner, District 3 The first qualification is that I am a

27 October 2004| The River Journal | Page 13 citizen of this county. Secondly, I have the desire to take on the responsibilities that the job encompasses. Lastly, my job experience, integrity and common sense make me suitable to the position. My job experience includes 20 years in the computer industry, the last ten as an engineer. I will bring party independence to the office. My agenda will be to serve the needs of the citizens with minimal government interference. What I will not bring is the desire to make holding this office a career. I do not feel I have the mindset of a politician. My decisions will not be motivated by desires to enhance political opportunities for myself. The main issue I have is rising property taxes, along with assessment practices that penalize persons for the supposed value of their neighbor’s home. I fear the Equalization Board may just "equalize" some people out of their homes. This would be a criminal act. Steven L. Bauer, running as an Independent, is also seeking the position of Bonner County Commissioner for District 3. He failed to provide us with information on his campaign. Judie Conlan (D) County Assessor My name is Judie Conlan. I am the incumbent Bonner County Assessor, and my affiliation is with the Democratic party. I attended the University of Idaho as a Business Major with Real Estate Appraisal emphasis. I have 16 years experience as a residential appraiser with Bonner County, followed by four

years as appraisal supervisor. I was appointed Assessor in 2003. I am fiscally conservative, I have strong budgetary skills, and I understand the appraisal process and requirements of the office. I recognize and appreciate the level of professionalism among my staff and I believe they are my greatest asset. I believe that public service is the number one priority of my office. Rapid growth is the single biggest challenge facing our county at this time. In order to keep the tax obligation in our community distributed fairly among all property owners, I have developed a plan for dealing with this issue. I assist my staff in any way I can in adding new construction to the tax rolls, and I support their efforts in reevaluating existing properties to market value in an on-going, never-ending cycle. These two functions help ensure fair and equitable values for all properties in Bonner County. Increasing property taxes are a concern for most people. I am working with the Idaho Association of Assessors to find solutions to this issue and propose solutions to the Legislature during their next session. Steven Carter (R) County Assessor My name is Steven Carter, and I’m running as a Republican for the position of Bonner County Assessor. My candidacy is principally about choice. Choice that goes further than the current status quo, choice that focuses more on elements of professionalism, leadership, experience and a desire to serve the public in a Continued on next page


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Carter—(Continued from page 13) sincere manner. My knowledge entails over 30 years of appraisal experience, education, and management in the ad valorem assessment field. The broad diversity of appraisal background ranges from residential, agricultural, commercial, as well as industrial complexes. I’m well versed in comp uter progra ms pertaining to property assessment and will strive to ensure a high level of uniformity (equitability) in the valuation of property. There are many concerns and problems that face our community daily. We are continually observing these issues that pertain to our everyday lives, whether it directly

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affects us personally or our community as a whole. The list seems daunting when we read about the issues of the bypass, downtown development, drugs, or lost jobs; etc. There is, however, one issue that affects all of our lives and that is the issue of taxes;more specifically, property taxes. The basis of these taxes levied against property starts with the assessment process. If this process is not addressed competently or equitably the results can be onerous to the taxpayer. I will endeavor to ensure that the valuations process will be fair and equitable and that assessment levels will reflect uniformity and conversely fairer property taxes. I strongly feel that my years of experience, education in the ad valorem assessment field along with my managerial skills are strong attributes that are needed for this position. Tony Lamanna (D) Bonner County Sheriff My name is Tony Lamanna. I am running for the office of Sheriff of Bonner County. I am running as a Democrat. I have many years of law enforcement experience. I am presently the School Resource Officer for the West Bonner County School District. In the past I have been a timber manager in Priest River, Idaho. I have experience handling budgets in excess of ten million dollars. I have and currently own a successful business. The "personal strength" I bring to

this position is my sense of community based law enforcement. I have a very good understanding that crimes are solved only with the help of a "likeminded" community and an agency that is supervised by a person who believes in professionalism and integrity above all and lives his life that way. The conduct of our officers directly represents the conduct and professionalism reflected by its leadership. A complete history of myself and training can be seen on my website at www.atlamanna. I believe that I differ from my opponents because of my strength of spirit, belief in the true nobility of man, the very strong drive within myself to be able to strive to make a safer and better world for the citizens of our communities. When I pass on, I truly want to be known not only as a good law enforcement officer and family man, but just, "A good man." I do know how to restore morale to our officers, thereby creating a good working relationship with the communities. The most important issue for the office I am seeking is to reclaim the affirmative morale and professionalism of the sheriff's office. Presently, I believe the Bonner County Sheriff's Office is in a shambles. Morale is low and the deputies are looking for other jobs. This is directly related to the absence of a caring and knowledgeable Sheriff. We need to re-establish communitybased policing and give a strong voice to the people of our county. It has been proven that for every $1 spent on crime prevention results in at least a $7 savings to the public. Let's get busy and work together to

bring the best we can to "our Bonner County!" Elaine Savage (R) Bonner County Sheriff Elaine Savage, Republican Candidate for the position of Bonner County Sheriff. I am currently employed as the Undersheriff of Bonner County. I have 23 years of active, full time, paid law enforcement. The past six years have been spent in the administration of two law enforcement agencies: Police Chief of Priest River, Captain, and Undersheriff of the Bonner County Sheriff's Office. My greatest personal strength is my ability to work with and relate to people. I may not have a solution or an answer that everyone will agree with, but I will be honest. I make decisions that are not popular or seem the most politically beneficial to me, but they will be the right decisions, made in the best interest of the people I serve. I differ from my opponents because I have actual, hands-on experience. The 1,600-plus hours of training I have accumulated have actually been applied to my day-to-day work. I also understand that being the Sheriff is not a patrol deputy's job. The Sheriff must be able to manage the many different functions that the 120 employees perform, while directing a 4 million dollar budget. The most important issue is the growing population of Bonner County that is placing an increasing demand on law enforcement services. The Adult Jail, which has a 124-bed capacity, is full. In order to answer the public's request to address the drug, drunk driving, and domestic violence issues, the Sheriff must be able to provide the (Continued on next page)

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Savage- (Cont’d from previous page) best service within the limits of the budget. James “Bean” Johnston (Ind) Bonner County Sheriff My Name is James "Bean" Johnston, and I am running as an independent for the office of Bonner County Sheriff. I have no party affiliation. I don't believe the office of sheriff should be party affiliated. People can contact me by checking out my website, or calling me at home at 208-265-3599, or e-mailing me at . I have been in two branches of the military (the Air Force and Army National Guard), been to college twice, and have two degrees. I worked as a cop for seven years, and have been working with troubled youth (at risk juveniles) for the last 14 years. I think the strongest qualification I hold, that makes me perfect for this office, is that I have been a member of the public for the last 14 years. I know exactly how the public feels toward the police. We have a serious community relations problem going on in this county, and it is my opinion that someone who has been immersed in law enforcement for the last 25 years has NO idea how the public feels about the police. I do, and am prepared to do something about it. It is very important to me to clean up the image of local law enforcement with you. My personal strengths are that I don't have any trouble admitting my weaknesses or admitting that I don't know everything. When I get put in a position of leadership, the first thing I do is ask questions. I don't have all the answers; I need to learn all the answers, by asking the right people the right questions. Only then can I be the best leader possible. That is how I plan to run the Sheriff’s department—as the team captain, not a dictator. Everyone

will have a voice, and I will want to hear it. Then I can make decisions that positively effect the most people. My opponents have more law enforcement experience than me, which I feel makes them less apt to recognize the community relations problem we face. And, with all their years of experience, they haven't been able to clean things up so far. It is my opinion that we need someone like me—a member of the public, with prior law enforcement experience, who has vision, and a plan for getting things done. I would also like to state that I was a paratrooper in the military, so there isn't anything I can't do, or learn, if I put my mind to it. I also had the good sense to team up (asking him to be my undersheriff if elected) with Cal Wylie, who came in third in the Republican primary. With Cal’s character, common sense, and administrative background we will be a powerful force for positive change in Bonner County. One of the problems we face in the county is "abuse" of some kind. Drug abuse, spouse abuse, and child abuse. These are problems that our society faces nationwide. But, the problem that I think overshadows all those is "community relations". As a cop, You can't make much of a dent in the "abuse" issues, if the community is not on your side. We need to first repair the relationship between the community and the police, and then we can work together to decrease the abuse. Remember, a vote for me is a vote for accountable law enforcement. Sincerely James "Bean" Johnston Brian Orr (D), Joe Young, ®, and Nelson Campbell, running on the Constitution ticket, are candidates for the position of Bonner County Commissioner, representing District 2. They failed to provide us any information on their campaigns.


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While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent which direction was north because, he explained, he didn't want the sun waking him up every morning. She asked, "Does the sun rise in the north?" When another person jumped in and explained that the sun rises in the east (and has for sometime), so she shook her head and said, "Oh, I don't keep up with that stuff." I used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call center. One day I got a call from an individual who asked what hours the call center was open. I told him, "The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week." He responded, "Is that Eastern or Pacific time?" Wanting to end the call quickly, I said, "Uh.. Pacific." matter which way the head is turned. was doing. I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because they were trained professionals and I was in good hands. "Now," She asked me, "has your plane arrived yet?"

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Realist Painter at Naples Gallery Artist Bob Bissett will exhibit recent paintings at Naples Gallery this fall. The show opens Friday, October 29. The public is invited to visit the gallery from 5 to 9 pm for the opening to enjoy refreshments and Bob’s beautiful new pieces. The title of the show is "Native Americans Alaska to Mexico,” featuring figurative western art and portraits. For the upcoming exhibit at Naples Gallery, a number of dramatic and original oil rub-out paintings ranging in size from 12x16” to 3x4’ will be offered. The gallery will also present Bob’s limited edition color prints for sale. Oil rub-out is based on an old masters technique. Originally used during the underpainting phase of a picture, the oil rub-out can also serve as a finished work with nothing further added. Usually only one earth tone is used, or a few closely related colors with a few possible touches of a contrasting color. The paint is applied in a thin layer with a rag, brush or painting knife and then wiped off or modified in various ways. Limiting the palette allows the artist and the viewer to focus on the one dominant idea a successful work of art must have. Composition, drawing and edges are employed with special care in the absence of the full range of colors. The result can be very powerful and uniquely beautiful. Naples Gallery is pleased to exhibit Bissett’s new work. The Bonners Ferry artist is an award-winning realist painter with national awards to his credit, including the Marion de Sola Mendes Memorial Award from the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic and the Artist’s Magazine Portrait Painting Competition Finals. Shakespeare at the Panida On Saturday, October 30, at 8 pm, Pend Oreille Arts Council will present Artists Repertory Theatre’s production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Panida Theater, 300 North First Avenue in Sandpoint, Ida. This performance, along with the film A Dream in Hanoi, shown Friday evening

at 8 pm also at the Panida, are part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a 50-state, 100-community tour of Shakespeare’s plays by six of the nation’s finest theatre companies. The tour is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Minneapolis-based Arts Midwest. Shakespeare in American Communities brings quality, professional theater productions of Shakespeare and related educational activities to Americans in small and mid-sized communities throughout the country. This initiative represents the largest tour of Shakespeare in American history, reaching audiences in all 50 states with performances, artistic and technical workshops, symposia about the production, and educational programs in local schools. The initiative in intended to demonstrate the benefits of theater touring and lead to further efforts to make professional theatre a vital part of the nation’s cultural landscape. “A great nation deserves great art,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia. “We are proud to present to America the greatest playwright in the English language. And we are proud to present performances of the highest caliber. Shakespeare in American Communities exemplifies the Arts Endowment’s commitment to artistic excellence, access to all Americans, and leadership in arts education.” A Dream in Hanoi On Friday, October 29, at 8 pm at the Panida Theater . in Sandpoint, Pend Oreille Arts Council will present the film “A Dream in Hanoi” as part of Shakespeare in American Communities. educational programs in local schools. “A Dream in Hanoi” tells the story of two theater companies, one American and one Vietnamese, as they come together to stage the first performance in Vietnam of Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer auto elec

November Dinner Concerts

♦ a Di Luna’s experience ♦ Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum on Wednesday, November 3 Bluesman Mike Bader on Saturday, November 6 Both shows begin at 7:30. Doors open 5pm

Di Luna's in downtown Sandpoint 207 Cedar St. Call 208.263.0846 for reservations Now open for dinner Wednesday through Saturday

Night’s Dream. This spirited tale follows the actors, directors, producers and technicians from both countries as they struggle to surmount the huge obstacles of language, culture, ideology, and a history of war on their journey to opening night at Hanoi’s famous Opera House. The film features Vietnam’s renowned theater, the Central Dramatic Company of Vietnam and actors and staff from the Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Ore. Music is performed by artists of Vietnam’s National Theater of Music and Dance and the Cheo Theater of Hanoi. In English and Vietnamese with English subtitles. All tickets are $6. In this revealing documentary, an American theater company led by an idealistic Shakespeare scholar goes to Vietnam to mount a co-production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a halfAmerican, half-Vietnamese cast. Everything goes wrong: the actors clash, the American and Vietnamese codirectors have radically different visions, the government censors refuse to allow the company to sell tickets before opening night, the Hanoi Opera House venue is yanked at the last minute, and more This film first debuted in the United States in 2002 at the Seattl e International Film Festival. The Vietnamese version of the film made its debut in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in March 2002, playing to audiences at the Vietnam National Cinema Association, the Hanoi Artists Association and numerous other Vietnamese cultural venues as well as the United Nations Development Project and the US Embassy. The film was highly praised in the Vietnamese press. A universal response was appreciation for the film’s even-handed portrayal of the cross-cultural conflict that typifies most cultural and business relationships between westerners and Vietnamese. All tickets to “A Dream in Hanoi” are $6 and are available at the following ticket outlets: POAC Office: Power House Building, 120 Lake St, Sandpoint, 208-263-6139, Eve’s Leaves:326 North First Ave, Sandpoint, 208-263-0712, Eichardt’s Pub: 212 Cedar St, Sandpoint, 208-263-4005, Hi Hopes Cafe: next to the Post Office in Hope, 208-264-4554, Bonners Books: 7195 Main St, Bonners Ferry, 208-267-2622, Mercer’s Memories Antique Mall: 221 Main St, Priest River, 208-448-1781, Online at and at the Panida Theater Box Office from 7 to 8 pm on Friday, October 29. All performances are wheelchair accessible, and assisted listening devices available at no charge. For more information on Shakespeare in American Communities,

Keys to Music Comprehensive Music Course for children beginning age 4 to 8 Where: at Sandpoint Music, 225 Cedar St. Sandpoint When: Enrolling now for fall classes

FREE Introductory Class Taught by Anita Price, SCS music teacher and Certified Music School Instructor

Call 208.263.5244 or 208.290.7183

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call the National Endowment for the Arts Communication office at 202-6825570. For more information about the f i l m a n d p e r f o r m a n c e of “ A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” allthe Pend Oreille Arts Council at 208-2636139. A Midsummer Night’s Dream A Shakespearian favorite, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will play on Saturday, October 30 at Sandpoint’s Panida Theater at 8 pm. On the eve of the marriage between the Duke of Athens and the Queen of the Amazons, a group of young lovers, some craftsmen practicing their play for the duke, a fairy queen and king and their mischievous servant, Puck, all wander into the same woods at night. The night is filled with magical happenstance, hilarious misunderstandings and bizarre twists of fate. In the end, everything wrong is righted and the characters meet a happy ending. Artists Repertory Theater (ART),, is a professional theatre company dedicated to challenging artists and audiences with plays of depth and vibrancy in an intimate environment. ART explores the strengths, frailties and diversity of the human condition primarily through regional premieres, commissioned works, and selected classics appropriate to contemporary issues. ART is dedicated to enhancing the artistic culture of Portland, Ore., and the region by establishing and maintaining education and outreach programs consistent with the artistic mission of the theater. Irish Artist Reception The Timber Stand Gallery on the Cedar Street Bridge in downtown Sandpoint, along with Coldwater Creek, has announced an Artist Showing of internationally-known artist Kieran Tobin from Galway, Ireland. The show will be held Friday, November 5 from 4 to 7 pm and on November 6 from 12 pm to 3 pm. Despite dedicating the greater part

his life to medicine, Kieran Tobin can't think of one thing he misses about being an Ear, Nose, and Throat consultant. Since taking early retirement he has been far too busy indulging his love of painting. When Kieran graduated in medicine at the then University College Galway at the age of 22, the youngest medical graduate in the country that year, it was very unusual for anybody to divert far from the career path they had set out on. What started out as a hobby 12 years ago has now become a successful career in its own right. Originally from Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary, Kieran was just 16 years old when he started his first year of medical school. Now that he is into art full time, though, he spends hours touring the I r i s h c ou n t r y s i d e l o o k i n g f or inspiration. He adores the bare black beauty of Connemara and the unique light of the landscape there which has attracted artists from all over the world. He loves the hills, rivers and trees of Tipperary countryside and the colors of Wicklow in Autumn. For more information on the show, call the Timber Stand Gallery on the Cedar Street Bridge in Sandpoint at 208 263 7748. A Trio of Dinner Concerts at Di Luna’s Di Luna’s, on Cedar Street in downtown Sandpoint, announces a trio of concerts for November. On November 3 Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum will perform. During the past two decades, Berkeley, California-based band leader/ singer/ songwriter/ fiddler/ guitarist/ bass player Laurie Lewis has quietly established herself as one of the finest, most diversely talented artists in traditional music. She is an ace mandolinist, fiddler, harmony and lead singer with Laurie Lewis and Grant Street since 1986, Tom has earned the respect of his fellow musicians and fans alike for his musicality, his versatility and his quiet good-natured way of getting the job done right.

Doors for this concert open at 5 pm with dinner served between 5:30 and 7 pm. The concert starts at 7:30.Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Mike Bader will be the next dinner concert on November 6. This concert will be a fundraiser for the Idaho Conservation League. Montana-based bluesman Mike Bader has musical roots reaching back to 1971 and his first paid performance. His new release, Clearcut Case of the Blues, features all original material anchored by the blues and influenced by styles including R&B, jazz, zydeco and reggae. His sharp leads evoke the sounds of Chicago blues, and his songwriting reflects many influences including Jimmy Dawkins, the Allman Brothers, Albert King and Jimi Hendrix, as well as his own experiences and unique approach to the blues. Doors open at 5 pm with dinner served between 5:30 and 7 pm. The concert starts at 7:30. Tickets for the concert are $8. Finally, on November 14, Heidi Muller will perform at a dinner concert. Heidi Muller is an award-winning songwriter, guitarist and mountain dulcimer player. In 25 years of performing she has played venues from concert halls and festivals to living rooms throughout America She has taught dulcimer to hundreds of aspiring players and produced five recordings which have given her a firm and respected place in the national folk community. For two decades, Heidi was a leading folk performer in the Seattle music scene before moving back to her family home in New Jersey. Her song "Good Road" remains the theme song for Northwest Public Radio's Inland Folk show, heard there since 1989. That same year she was a finalist in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk song contest. This will be a special Sunday dinner concert for Di Luna’s . Tickets are $10 and doors open at 5 pm; the concert begins at 7pm. Di Luna's Cafe is located at 207 Cedar Street in downtown Sandpoint. Call 208-263-0846 for reservations for all these shows.

Golden Dragon Pend Oreille Arts Council and Diedrich Manufacturing present the Golden Dragon Chinese Acrobats at the Panida Theater, 300 North First Avenue in Sandpoint, on Thursday, November 4, at 7:30 pm. This performance is part of the Pend Oreille Arts Council’s 21st Annual Performance Season. All performances are wheelchair accessible, and assisted listening devices are available at no charge. For more than 27 centuries, Chinese acrobats have been thrilling audiences, making it the “longest running” folk art form in history. In China, acrobats are revered much the same way prima ballerinas and opera singers are in the West. The performers of the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of this honored tradition, mixing award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes and ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty. Now marking their 25th year of continuous touring, the members of the CGDA are actors, athletes, and artists, with an unmistakable love for their art. Their spellbinding feats of physical daring and grace, enhanced by elaborate traditional costumes in brilliant colors and a combination of ancient and contemporary theatrical techniques, continue to enthrall audiences of all ages. Tickets for the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats are $12 for POAC members, $16 for nonmembers, and $8 for students 18 and under, plus sales tax. Tickets are now on sale at the following locations: The POAC Office (Power House Building, 120 Lake St, Sandpoint, 208-263-6139), Eve’s Leaves (326 North First Ave, Sandpoint, 208263-0712), Eichardt’s Pub (212 Cedar St, Sandpoint, 208-263-4005), Hi Hopes Café ( next to the Post Office in Hope, 208-264-4554), Bonners Books, ( 7195 Main St, Bonners Ferry, 208-267-2622), Mercer’s Memories Antique Mall ( 221 Main St, Priest River, 208-448-1781), a n d o n l i n e a t


A New Act for Sandpoint A new act emerged in Sandpoint on Sunday, October 24. Emory Elizabeth Borup Feyen’s voice was filling the rooms and halls of Bonner General Hospital starting at 6:17 am last Sunday. Other talents beyond filling rooms with her voice is filling diapers with her essence. At her first appearance she was 7 pounds 6 ounces and19 inches tall. Emory’s agents, Amy Borup and Kurt Feyen, say she will be joining Patrick, who has been a part of the arts scene for a few years performing with his grandmother, Beth Pederson and doing graphic arts for CD covers.

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October 28 Open House and Reception, Thompson Falls Library, 11 am to 7 pm. Reception from 5 pm to 7 pm includes light refreshments and entertainment by the Valley String Ensemble. 28 History of Dover. Sponsored by Bonner County Museum at the Dover Community Hall. Begins with social hour at 6 pm, show at 7 pm. FREE. Refreshments provided. Call 208-263-2344 for more information. 28 Hal Ketchum. Sandpoint’s Panida Theater, 8 pm. Mountain Fever Productions 208-263-9191 28 Going Upriver, free movie showing at Democratic Headquarters in Sandpoint, Fifth and Oak at 4 pm. 28, 29, 30 “Gint” a presentation of North Idaho College Theater Dept. Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium, 7:30 pm. FREE 208769-7764. 29 Bisset Exhibit at Naples Gallery. 5 pm to 9 pm. “Native Americans: Alaska to Mexico.” 29 All you can eat Spaghetti Benefit for Gardenia Center at Sandpoint VFW, Pine and Division. $6 or $10 for couple. Call 208265-2731. 29 A Dream in Hanoi. Documentary Sandpoint’s Panida Theater. 8 pm. 208263-6139. 29 Garden Song. Outdoor photographer and author Jerry Pavia. Kootenai Na-

tional Wildlife Refuge near Bonners Ferry, 7 pm. 208267-3888 30 Walk for Kerry. 2 pm at Sandpoint’s Long Bridge. See information on page 7. 30 A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 8 pm at the Panida in Sandpoint, Ida. 208-2636139. A POAC presentation. 30 Kids’ Halloween Parade, downtown Sandpoint. Begin 2 pm at the Power House parking lot behind the courthouse. 30 Halloween Party at the Boar’s Breath, Noxon, Mont.

November 2 General Election. Polls open 8 am to 8 pm in both Montana and Idaho. 2 “Victory Party” sponsored by Bonner County Democrats at Sandpoint City Forum. Refreshments provided. Begins 8 pm. 3 Dinner Concert with Laurie Lewis. Di Luna’s, Cedar St. in Sandpoint. Doors open 5 pm. concert at 7:30. 208-263-0846 4 Crystal Formation, a presentation sponsored by Sandpoint’s Friends of the Library, featuring Doug Toland. Noon at 1407 Ceddar St. 4 Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats. POAC presentation at Sandpoint’s Panida Theater. 7:30 pm. Call 208-263-6139. 4, 5, 6 “Gint” a presentation of North Idaho College Theater Dept. Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium, 7:30 pm. FREE. 208-769-7764. 5 GED Testing Sandpoint Learning Center, 208-2634594 for information and pricing. 5 Women of Distinction luncheon, CDA Soroptimist, 11:30 am Cedars Restaurant in Coeur d’Alene. Public welcome. 208-667-0644 5&6 “Garden State” Global Cinema Cafe Film series presents this quirky

romantic comedy, 7:30 pm at the Panida in Sandpoint. 208-263-9191. 5 & 6 Friends of the Library book sale, Thompson Falls Library, 11 am to 5 pm on Friday, 11 am to 2 pm on Saturday. 6 Arts & Crafts Sale, Noxon School, 9:30 to 4 pm (MST). 406-847-2442 6 Harvest Dinner. Northside School PTO. 5 pm to 8 pm, $6 adult, $4 child, $20 family. 208-2630252 or 208-263-2734 6 Dinner Concert with bluesman Mike Bader. Di Luna’s, Cedar St. in Sandpoint. Doors open 5 pm. concert at 7:30. 208-2630846 6 4th Annual Technology Expo hosted by Bonner Education and Technology Alliance. 10 am to 3 pm at City Forum in Sandpoint, 20 exhibitors. FREE 7 Books Not Bars video at Sandpoint Community Hall, 4 pm. Sponsored by Bonner County Human Rights Task Force and Lost Horse Press. FREE. 9 Sustainable Celebrations. Public Forum on Sustainability, Sandpoint Library. 6:30 pm, suitable for families. Call 208-2636930 for more information. 10 Gathering of the Bands, Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium. Over 300 regional eighth-grade bands performing with NIC’s symphonic band. 7:30 pm, FREE, call 208769-7764 12 Annual Harvest Dinner Memorial Community Center in Hope, Ida. Call 208264-5481 13 Dave Womack’s Illusions. 7 pm. Sandpoint’s Panida Theater. $10 advance, $15 at door. 208263-9191 13 SARS Ski Swap. 9 am to 2 pm, Bonner County fairgrounds. 208-263-1081 14 Veterans Day Feed, Sandpoint VFW, Pine and

Division, free to veterans, 1 pm. 14 Heidi Muller Concert, Di Luna’s at 207 Cedar St. in Sandpoint. Doors open 5 pm, concert 7 pm, tickets $8. Call 208-263-0846. 15 Square & Round dance at Edgemere Grange 208-263-4222. 16 “Workers Compensation” with Harris Dean Insurance hosting Dr. Allen Miller. A BCEDC Business Roundtable program. Free for members, $8 nonmembers. 7:30 am at Di Luna’s in Sandpoint. 208265-6402 19 Holidays in Sandpoint. Tree lighting ceremony, special entertainment and store events. 208-2551876 19 GED Testing Sandpoint Learning Center, 208-2634594 for information and pricing. 19, 20 Small Press/Little Magazine Fair. Festival in Hope, Ida. Booths, readings, book signings, lectures, workshops, sale. 208-255-4410 20 Two Groups, One Night. NIC Jazz Ensemble. North Idaho College, Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium, 7:30 pm, FREE. Call 208-269-7764 20 Kick-Off for Holidays in Sandpoint 5pm, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at Jeff Jones Town Square. 20 Holly Eve annual gala at Sandpoint’s Panida Theater. Entertainment, fashion show, silent and loud auctions, champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Benefits the Panida and local charities. 208-263-9191 20 to 28 Thanksgiving Fishing Derby. Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club’s annual fishing contest on the lake. 208-263-0424 21 Christmas Lighting Ceremony, Sanders Co.

Fairgrounds, Plains. 6pm (MST). Fireworks at dusk, free chili dogs & hot chocolate. String Octet. 23 Combating the Epidemic of Aids in Africa. Guest presentation by Greg Carr of Carr Center for Human Rights policy, John Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Univ. FREE. 10:30 am at Edminster Student Union Building, North Idaho College. Call 208-769-7764 23 Ballet Idaho’s Nutcracker. POAC and the Holly Eve3 Foundation. 7:30 pm at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint. 208263-6139. 24 Snowboard Films. Two films, including Perception, presented by Ground Zero. 7 pm, Sandpoint’s Panida Theater. 208-263-9191 25 Opening Day (depending on conditions) for Schweitzer Ski Resort. Call 208-263-9555 26 & 27 “A Letter to True” a Bruce Weber film.

December 3 Christmas Bazaar Clark Fork Valley Hospital in Plains, Mont. 9:30 to 4 pm (MST). 4 Festival of Trees. Annual fundraiser for Kinderhaven. Sandpoint City Forum. 4 The Life & Work of Mother Teresa, Hope’s Memorial Community Center. Free admission and refreshments. Call 208264-5481. 4 Handmade Arts & Crafts, Thompson Falls High School, benefits Sanders County Sheriff’s Fund. 4 Christmas on Main Street, Thompson Falls, Mont. 406-827-4930 10 GED Testing Sandpoint Learning Center, 208-2634594 for information and pricing.

10 “Pot Luck” a one-man sho w f eat ur ing T im Behrens. 11 Sounds of Christmas. North Idaho College, Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium, annual holiday concert, FREE, 7:30 pm. Call 208-769-7764. 12 Sounds of Christmas. North Idaho College, Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium, annual holiday concert, FREE, 2 pm. Call 208-769-7764. 16 A Danceworks Christmas at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint.

Each Tuesday Metaphysical discussion at the Dolphin House in the Bonner Mall in Ponderay, Ida. 7 pm The Priest River Chess Club meets 6:30 pm. West Bonner Library 219 Main Street, Priest River, Ida. Chess enthusiasts of all ages and levels of ability are welcome. Please call l Rebekah Leaf, 208-4482344. Always on Tuesdays, exploration of herbs, Peacable Kingdom, call 208263-8038

Each Wednesday Bruce Bishop, Tom Newbill & Friends at 7 pm for Music Night at Hi Hopes Café in Hope Ida.

Each Thursday Join the Pend Oreille Pedalers for weekly meetings and social bicycle rides. 7 pm at Eichardts Pub and Grill in downtown Sandpoint

Each Friday Jam Session at the Boars Breath With the Steve and Mary Band 9 miles from the state line on Highway 200 in Montana

1st & 3rd Tuesday Greater Sandpoint Toastmasters meet at Slates. For info, call 208-290-1939

An open letter to the voters of Bonner and Boundary Counties in Idaho: Although I have no opponent for the position as your Representative to the Idaho Legislature for the District 1-B position, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, your phone calls and your interest in making Idaho a better place during my previous term in office. I would also like to ask you for your continued support as we move forward through the next few years. We in Idaho have many challenges facing us: • Providing our students with a first quality education; • Diversifying our electrical energy resources in order to stabilize both price and supply; • Reforming our property tax system • Continuing to improve our state highway system to meet safety and reliability needs; • Managing our natural resources to meet environmental and economic goals. Accomplishing these goals will require a team effort. Again, thank you for allowing me to work on your behalf in Boise once again!


paid for by the Committee to Re-elect George Eskridge, Verna Brady, Treasurer

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Friday – Oct 31

Spook House

10 am-7 pm Lake Pend Oreille High School Fundraiser

Mall-wide Trick or Treat (10 and Under) Costume Contest Kids & Adults

4 pm-7 pm 6 pm -

Saturday - Nov 1 1 pm to 5:30 pm

Spook House "Strut Your Mutt"

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Sunday - Nov 2 12 pm to 4 pm-

Spook House 208.263.4272 3210 Hwy. 95 N

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Steven Wayne Seppala, 43, passed away October 16 near Avery, Ida. as the result of a hunting accident. Funeral Services were held at First Christian Church with burial following at Pack River Cemetery. Born in Cloquet, Minn., Steve attended grade school in Cloquet until moving to Sandpoint in 1973. He was a 1979 graduate of Sandpoint High School. He worked construction until ‘89, then went to work with Woods Crushing and Hauling. He loved hunting, fishing and golfing, and spent a lot of time with family and friends, talking and laughing. Most days you could find him in Bonners Ferry, managing BF Ready-Mix, which he loved to do. Mildred Campbell, 92, passed away October 14 in Tacoma, Wash. Graveside services were held at the Westmond Cemetery in Westmond, Ida. Though born in Great Falls, Mont., Mildred was a long0time Idaho resident, a ranch owner in Cocolalla and a resident in Coeur d’Alene before moving to Tacoma, Wash. Mark Steven Holzapfel, 54, passed away in Coeur d’Alene, Ida. on October 13. Memorial services will be held. Born in Omaha, Neb., Mark attended the University of Nebraska and played football in Lincoln. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. He managed a restaurant in Omaha and married his wife, Anne Muntz, in 1981. They moved to Sandpoint with their children in 1992 and opened Annie’s Bakery a year later. Retiring from the

bakery due to health reasons, Mark established a baking business for pastries that were Diabetic Specific, working out of the Sandpoint Business Incubator. He worked tirelessly for the American Diabetes Foundation, was a professional baseball umpire, and was awaiting a liver transplant at the time of his death. Memorials may be made to the American Liver Foundation. Bernice L. Spade, 84, passed away in Sandpoint, Ida. on October 10. Funeral

Death ends a life, not a relationship. -Jack Lemmon services were conducted in Coffelt’s Moon Chapel with Pastor Jon Pomeroy, First Church of God, officiating. Interment followed at the Westmond Cemetery. Born in Odessa, Neb. Bernice attended schools in Nebraska and married Pascal Spade in Kansas. They moved to Kootenai, Ida. in 1937, driving a Model T truck. In ‘44 the family moved to Sagle and operated a family farm. She was known for her leadership in 4-H and, at the time of her death, was still a leader in the Sagle Yodeling Coyotes. She won many awards, including the “Sapphire” award for 35 years of leadership. She was inducted into Epsilon Sigma Phi honorary extension fraternity in recognition of outstanding service to the state of Idaho. For 25 years she served on the Fair Board, and worked as a fair judge in Boundary County and at other district events. She was a member of the Sagle PTA, holding all offices, worked with the Bonner County Needs Assessment Committee and served as secretary of the citizens’

tax commission. She was the Sagle news correspondent for the Sandpoint News Bulletin. Leila Ann (Eaton) Robertson, 42, passed away October 6 in Ft. Worth, Tex., after battling cancer. Graveside services were held at Pinecrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Sandpoint, Ida. Leila was born in Sandpoint and was a 1979 graduate of Sandpoint High School. She attended and graduated beauty college in Coeur d’Alene. She loved her home, her flower and vegetable gardens, and sewing quilts. She was learning to paint, was a professional cake decorator, a Starbucks coffee server and was learning upholstery at a second home in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Hospice or the charity of your choice. Conrad J. “Connie” Balch passed away in Boise, Ida. on September 29. Memorial services were held at Coffelt’s Moon Chapel, with Dale Coffelt officiating. Born in Potlatch, Ida., Connie attended Rogers High School in Spokane, Wash. prior to joining the U.S. Navy. During World War II he served in the Pacific Theater. He moved to Sandpoint in 1946, working for the Balch Lumber Co. and established Connie’s Café as a drive-in in 1952. He continued to expand, remodel and operate the restaurant until selling to Bill Bowman in 1972. In ‘74 he moved to Spokane and started selling real estate. He moved to Sagle in 2001. He served as chairman of the Sandpoint City Recreation Board and ran for county assessor. He loved elk hunting, being in business and being a part of the business community.

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EMPLOYMENT Pend Oreille Shores Resort is looking for housekeepers for Fridays. Piecework pay. Benefits include use of athletic club. Stop by Thursday through Monday. Ask for Rosemary. Or call: 208-264-5828 ext. 121

FOR SALE Hunt and Haul Bison only 19 3-yearold bulls left. Mobile butcher available as well as cutting and wrapping, hair-on tanning. Call: 406-864-2321 Firewood—available on the Hope Peninsula. Split: $80/cord, Rounds: $60/cord. White Fir at $50 cord, U-pick up. (Will deliver for $20-$25/cord). Call Chris at 208-264-8013 Herbalife Independent Distributor. For opportunity or products, call: 208-263-6998 1972 Johnson Outboard ESL 50hp with controls. $795 1962 5 1/2 HP Johnson Outboard Long shaft, $225. Reconditioned, deep cycle, etc batteries, 1 year warranty—$25. I buy batteries Call: 208-264-5529 GUN SAFES In stock. Delivery Available. Mountain Stove & Spa, 1225 Michigan, Sandpoint. Call: 208-263-0582. Herbalist, 22 yrs. exp., shares favorite formulas w/ instructions & use. Send $5.00 to Elena Narkiya, P.O. Box 27, Bonners Ferry, Id. 83805. 208-2636998 or 8003705702 Natural, grass fed beef and lamb, grass hay in round or square bales, and retail greenhouse selling bedding and nursery plants. Call Pat or Joan Kelly Phone: 406-847-2743

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Newcomers- (Continued from page 1) superintendent Mark Berryhill. “People seem much busier with less time for casual social interaction. I can remember when kids and families went fishing, hiking, hunting, boating, skiing, etc. together. . . . I see kids watching TV and playing computer games more often than enjoying our environment.” For my survey, respondents also offered suggestions for maintaining the desirability of our unique Sandpoint culture. Rev. Dr. Nancy CopelandPayton has lived here less than a decade but has developed a quick appreciation and respect for the lifestyle. “Believe that you are in a safe, caring, somewhat wacky but full-ofgentle-humor-type place,” she wrote. “Smile and greet folks on the street, let patience and thoughtful ways be a part of your daily encounters—particularly while waiting for anything. Go out of your way to help others. It’s okay. This is Sandpoint.” In a slightly different vein, longtime resident/consultant Steve Klatt, who grew up at Garfield Bay, echoed the thoughts of numerous respondents who encourage taking time to get to know the community. “Spend 12 months here before you offer a single suggestion about what would make this a better community,” he suggested, “and then get involved in something within the community directly related to the specific area you think should improve.” Contractor Skip Pucci has deep roots here. As a kid in the ‘50s, he used to sell lemonade to the truckers who hauled fill material during construction of Lake Pend Oreille’s third Long Bridge. He says he encourages his clients to read about the area’s history. “To really appreciate our community they should learn the natural history of the area,” he says. “Books like Glacial Lake Missoula and Sources of the River— both touch on early settlers and our Native American history.” There is a large assortment of books that tell of railroading, logging, sport fishing and the results of building dams at each end of our lake. I suggest visiting the museum and checking into the evolvement of the arts community here.” Meanwhile, Connie Lloyd, a 30-

something Sandpoint native and avid outdoors lover, hopes new residents will take time to appreciate the area’s small-town flavor. “This isn’t a city,” she says. “It’s a community, a small town, so please treat it as one. When we are talking to friends or neighbors in a store, please don’t run us over with your cart and get mad just because we’re taking time to visit. “Smile when smiled at. Calm down,” she adds. “When you are out driving, take some time to enjoy the scenery. If you are always in such a hurry, leave your house sooner so those of us who aren’t in a hurry don’t feel like you are trying to run us over.” Clark Fork librarian Diane Newcomer hardly lives up to her name. She’s been around a long time, and she wants the real newcomers to be reminded that “we may not be amenable to ‘This is the way we did it in . . . .’” California native and Sandpoint Charter School director of operations Pixie Vasquez agrees. “. . . I am a transplant from the ‘C’ state and came here because of what Sandpoint was and not because I wanted it to be different,” she recalled. “If you want to be part of Sandpoint, you need to talk to the people who have lived here, listen to their stories and learn about the town and its history.” Other suggestions included such simple gestures as offering friendly waves along the roadways, respecting the land, the wild animals, dealing sensibly with occasional frustrations that evolve from one’s decision to move into a wilderness environment, and, as Elmira’s Jenny Meyer wrote, “. . . remembering we’re all neighbors here.” Whether newcomers or natives, if we’re going to continue to enjoy living here, we all share an essential, ongoing responsibility to protect the resources and the friendly, relaxed, and giving spirit that has drawn us to this area. As the population grows, that challenge naturally increases. Many locals who have witnessed growth in past decades have faith and evidence that the challenge is not insurmountable. Historically, Sandpoint-area residents have rolled up their sleeves with grit, compassion, ingenuity and a strong sense of community to overcome most major setbacks. Those same

qualities, combined with a collective daily determination to follow the simple suggestions above, can help all of us nurture and preserve the overall bond that inspires our undying passion for where we’ve chosen to live. That bond has also been strengthened when oldtimers and transplants have found common ground. “A lot of what’s great about Sandpoint has been brought to us by people who have moved here,” says Sandpoint native Bobbie Huguenin. Her father, Jim Brown, Jr. and his brother Larry, founded and developed the huge Pack River Lumber Co. which employed many timber industry workers in its mills and company offices for 50 years. Bobbie’s family also played a major role in the development of Schweitzer Mountain Resort, which opened in December, 1963. She cites her old friend Sydne Van Horne, who moved here in the 1970s, as a prime example of an outsider working side by side with locals to enrich the community with her new ideas and leadership talents. “She started the Grad Night event the year Daniele (Bobbie’s daughter) and Rachel (Sydne’s daughter) were seniors. They’re 37 now,” Bobbie recalls. “Thanks to the ingenuity of Bob Farmin (aka a local), the deal was funded (he had the idea of selling chances on $1,000 worth of Idaho Lottery tickets). So, it was a great idea brought to us by a lovely lady from southern Idaho. Of course, she founded Community Assistance League (CAL) and served for several years as Executive Director of The Festival at Sandpoint.” Bobbie has lived here for 62 years. She believes that clinging to the foundation established by old-timers and melding those standards with sensible ideas from newcomers is the key to maintaining a thriving, close-knit

community. “We old timers (home-grown potatoes) have established a great foundation upon which to build,” Bobbie says. “We stand for something (the values). We maintain integrity. The new people (who share standards) bring their insights and expedite the improving of the status quo. We make a good team when our ‘dear hearts and gentle people lifestyle’ remains a common goal.” My friend, Jeanelle Shields, and I spoke about this issue at CAL last week. Jeanelle, a Pennsylvania native, moved here eight years ago from Seattle. She believes that the experience of living in Sandpoint has a profound effect on anyone. “Sandpoint hasn’t really changed over time,” she says. “It still has its spirit. When I came here, I changed. I learned that people aren’t concerned as much about appearances as they are intent. It didn’t matter what you did, what you drove or how much money you had in the bank. The only thing that mattered was, ‘Are you going to be a giver or a taker?’ “Where I came from, everything was so sleek and so polished,” she adds. “It’s so refreshing but at the same time intimidating. . . people here respect sincerity and authenticity.” Jeanelle sees our community as one big, interconnected and grateful family with strong individual spirits. “We all take up our swords or our plough shares, and we all take up our own causes,” she says, “but we all own a blanket of gratitude about living here. It’s the common thread---that’s our unifier.” If you’d like to share this story with friends outside of Sandpoint, direct them to, where Marianne’s “Love Notes” and other works will appear.

The River Journal October 27, 2004  

October 27, 2004 issue of the River Journal, a newspaper worth wading through

The River Journal October 27, 2004  

October 27, 2004 issue of the River Journal, a newspaper worth wading through